Judge forces US Capitol rioter to unlock laptop seized by FBI


A Federal Judge granted the Justice Department’s request to place Capitol riot defendant Guy Reffitt in front of his laptop so they could use facial recognition to unlock the device.

The judge forced the US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop on Wednesday after prosecutors argued that it likely contained footage of the January 6 insurrection from his helmet-worn camera. The maneuver happened after the hearing ended and Reffitt’s lawyer confirmed that the laptop was unlocked.

Investigators seized the laptop and other devices earlier this year pursuant to a search warrant.

Reffitt has been in jail since his arrest in January. His case received national attention after his son spoke publicly about how Reffitt had threatened to kill family members if they turned him into the FBI. The case became an example of how former President Donald Trump’s lies tore some families apart — Reffitt’s son and daughter testified against…

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